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Students' energy brigade cuts power consumption

Students' energy brigade cuts power consumption

Arunima Rajan / DNA
Monday, November 23, 2009 8:47 IST
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Bangalore: Citizens, who make hue and cry over power bills, should take a few tips from these children. A group of environment conscious students from seven city schools has successfully brought down the power consumption in their schools.

These tiny tots are members of 'conserve my campus', an initiative to change people's attitude towards energy and environment. The programme is the brain child of Hema Hattangady, MD of Schneider Electric Conzerv India Limited, an energy management solution provider.

Students of Carmel Convent Higher Primary School (Jayanagar), Cathedral High School, India International School, JSS Public School, Presidency School (Bangalore South), St Joseph's Boys' High School, and Sudarshan Vidya Mandir (ICSE) are members of the initiative. According to school authorities, the drive has helped them reduce the consumption of electricity and water in the school premises.

"The electricity bills of the member schools have come down drastically. The aim of the initiative is to educate young minds about the resources and share energy-saving solutions," said Dr Kamala TN, the programme director of Bangalore.

"The electricity bill of our school has come down by Rs1,000. The energy audit done by the students was very useful," said NC Vijay Chandra, principal of Presidency School.

"The practice of calculating the power consumption of school was a big learning exercise for me. Simple steps can bring down the bill in my house as well as school," said Bhavana M, a class VII student of Carmel Convent Higher Primary School.

"Our teachers gave us tips like keeping the windows open when there is natural breeze and not to use the tube light on a sunny day," she said.

The 'campus detectives' have also submitted a green report to the principals. They also conduct surprise checks and paste stickers (depending on usage) on the walls.

Kanav Garg, a student of class v of Cathedral High School, is one of the hand picked green ambassadors of his school.

"There are special sessions for the 40 ambassadors. They cover topics such as the story of electricity, various electronic gadgets and their energy consumption. We were taught to calculate the ideal power consumption. We have switched off lights in many classes and gone to classes to talk about these sessions."

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